ABC Film Challenge – Action – A – Ant-Man (2015)

Director: Peyton Reed

Writer: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd (Screenplay) Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby (Comics)

Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Anthony Macke, Michael Pena

 

Plot: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.


Tagline – No shield. No armor. No problem.

Runtime: 1 Hour 57 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Heist Movie

 

Story: Ant-Man starts when Scott Lang (Rudd) gets released from prison, he wants to try and go straight to rebuild his relationship with his daughter, but is struggling. When his best friend Luis (Pena) offers him a score which could fix the problem he jumps at the chance. the job is to break into a house and open a safe, which he does finding a suit.

The suit is the Ant-Man suit which Dr Hank Pym (Douglas) invented and planned to keep secret, until his student Darren Cross (Stoll) has learnt of the technology and has been looking to create his own form of it. Hank wants Scott to use the suit to stop Darren from using the technology that could be dangerous in the right hands.

 

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Characters – Scott Lang is a cat-burglar that is freshly out of prison searching for a job, so he can rebuild his relationship with his daughter, who still loves him. He can’t get employment, which sees him return to a life of crime, which sees him get an opportunity to work for Hank Pym that see him use his skills to help him steal his own technology back before it gets in the wrong hands. Scott can see this as a chance for redemption. Dr Hank Pym created the shrinking technology that made Ant-Man, he has seen the danger involved in it and has been gone into business for himself, he needs somebody to make sure his technology doesn’t get sold into the wrong hands, he doesn’t want his daughter to do the job because he knows the danger involved in it. Hope is the daughter of Hank, she has remained in the company watching over Darren’s research, reporting to her father if thing go wrong. She wants to go on the mission no matter how risky it could be. Darren Cross was mentored by Hank, he has always been waiting to step out of the shadow and after learning the secret about technology involved in creating the shrinking technology.

PerformancesPaul Rudd does get to bring us a fun character that has been left with nothing and still remains positive and isn’t the smartest person in the room. Michael Douglas fits his role perfectly as the inventor figure. Evangeline Lilly is strong in her role, even if she does a lot better in the sequel. Corey Stoll does make for a strong villain which is needed in this film.

StoryThe story here follows a former criminal that gets recruits to steal a piece of equipment from his own office that could one day create a new army becoming a threat to mankind. This story does go in a different direction to the previous outings of creating a new superhero, most before hand had been experiments or self-created heroes. Scott is given a chance to improve his life to step into a suit that was once just an experiment. We also have a heist going on which is always entertaining to watch as we do get the colourful characters involved in the film. this might get references for previous Avengers movies which shows how Ant-Man will be part of the universe too.

Action/Adventure/Comedy/Sci-FiThe action in this film has a unique look because it deals with the ideas of most of the fighting happening within the miniature world. the film does target plenty of laughs which with the supporting cast come off regularly and once again we see how the sci-fi side of the film is used for the technology being used in the film.

SettingsThe film is set in San Francisco which does bring us to a new city for a superhero movie which is refreshing to see.

Special EffectsThe effects in this movie are amazing when you think of the world that is created with the ant army being used.


Scene of the Movie –
Training the ants.

That Moment That Annoyed Me We needed more of Luis.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun heist movie with a superhero spin on it which lightens the mood the previous films might have had.

 

Overall: Entertaining Superhero movie.

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Baby Driver (2017)

Director: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright (Screenplay)

Starring: Ansel Elgort, John Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx

 

Plot: After being coerced into working for a crime boss, a young getaway driver finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: So Much Fun

 

Story: Baby Driver starts as we get to see just how skilled behind the wheel Baby (Elgort) is, as he completes the job while listening to his trademark tunes for Griff (Bernthal), Buddy (Hamm), Darling (Gonzalez) for their boss Doc (Spacey). We learn more about why Baby listens to music, because of his medical condition and that he owes Doc one more score to settle a debt.

Baby lives with is deaf foster dad Joseph (Jones) that tries to keep him on the straight and narrow because he sees the error in his ways and the beautiful waitress Debora (James) that Baby has fallen for, gives him a glimmer of light away from the world of crime.

When his final score is settle Baby believes it is time to walk away, but he would be wrong, Doc won’t let him and this next score with Buddy, Darling and loose cannon Bats (Foxx) pushes Baby to his limits, can he escape this world he has become stuck in and live the life he wants with music and the open road?

 

Thoughts on Baby Driver

 

Characters/PerformanceBaby is the young man with brilliant driving skills, killer tunes but his innocent nature and slight mental handicap means he is taken advantage of by the criminal world, he wants to live an honest life and he will have to go and show off his skills to escape this world. I would like to point out that his relationship with Joseph is very similar to what we saw in ‘The lookout’ where two handicapped people live together and the elder tries to guide the younger. Doc is the crime boss that uses Baby because he knows he is the best, he won’t use the same unit twice but Baby is the one he will always turn too. I have mixed feelings for this character because I feel he never leans one way or the either to evil or good, he almost feels businessman like. Buddy is the most interesting of the other criminals because we always see him calm but we are warned about his darker side, which we wait to see unleashed. Darling is the sexy girlfriend of Buddy, he turns heads and will kill anyone looking at her wrong. Bats is a character I felt got old quick, he is meant to be the loose cannon and that is fine, but things all turn into him trying to say something so out there it feels like forced laughter. Debora is the light at the end of the tunnel for Baby, she helps him realize he could get away from crime.

Performance wise, Ansel is great through this film as we get to see how he can blend with the music and action. Kevin Spacey is always good in a villainous role and this is no different. For me Jon Hamm is the best because he just captures you wanting to see what he will do next. Lily James is good too through the whole film. Jamie Foxx at times does seem to be trying too hard to be funny which can get hard to watch and is the only weak point in this film.

StoryThe story is something we have seen before, a person drawn to the criminal world wants out but now must fight against his former partners in crime to be free. The twists in the story come in the character of Baby who has the handicap which requires him to listen to music to stay focus and block out the noise in his head. We do have style in the story which works perfectly for the tone even if parts dip in the middle, but otherwise this is just fun action comedy. One more plus point is that every scene is seen through Baby’s point of view as he is the only person to be in every single scene as certain times we hear the music like he would and the conversations with his head phone in too, this made the film even more enjoyable

Action/CrimeThe car chases are all great and certain parts do all feel fresh too, this is a huge plus for the film. the opening sequence is one that we will all remember too, the crime world shows us just how different the people can be doing the jobs which is also a good plus point.

SettingsThe car chase are used most to show off the settings with most of them offering us new tighter situations to Baby to get out off behind the wheel.

Final ThoughtsThis is just such a fun movie, with brilliant music, wonderful car chase sequences and is one that fans of Edgar Wright will enjoy all the more.

 

Overall: Foot down, music on, play loud.

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Cornetto Trilogy Christmas Weekend – The World’s End (2013)

worldsDirector: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Pierce Brosnan, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike

 

Plot: Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: My Favourite of Trilogy

 

Story: The World’s End starts by introducing us to the five friends Gary (Pegg), Andy (Frost), Oliver (Freeman), Steven (Considine) and Peter (Marsan) who as young men tried the Golden Mile where they hit 12 pubs in one night. Gary regrets the idea they never made it through the night and wants to bring the friends back together to complete the night out.

The five friends find their town has changed the pubs are all the same after being taken over by chains but other than Gary ended up growing up while Gary is the same old person he was 20 years ago. When the four friends get tired of Gary and his stories they find themselves in a battle against cyborg that have taken over the town. The friends must finish the Golden Mile and stop the invasion before it is too late.boys

The World’s End brings the great concept of trying to look back upon how a group come back together to make one last quest even though one is very different than the other four. I do like this idea because we get to a memory lane idea. I do think the comedy doesn’t really work but the action shines through. When it comes to the battle against the alien cyborgs everything works on the positives making fun working from the start to finish.

 

Actor Review

 

Simon Pegg: Gary King is the man who wants to go home and complete the Golden Mile, he hasn’t grown up since he left school and drags his professional friends into his last chance to complete this challenge against his friend’s wills. He must fight against his past and a new enemy. Simon does a good job in another different performance from the previous performances in the trilogy.

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Nick Frost: Andy Knightley is the T-totalled friend of the group who has quit drinking for a previous experience, he gets guilt tripped into going onto the trip but he hates Gary for what happened. Nick does a good job and much like Pegg shows he versatile ability to swap his character traits from previous characters in the trilogy.

 

Eddie Marsan: Peter is one of the friends, he used to get bullied but became one of them, he is the married and successful but comes off looking like an average day man. Eddie gives a good performance in the cowardly member of the group.

 

Martin Freeman: Oliver is another member of the gang that is successful and constantly on his phone trying to just endure the weekend, he is also obsessed with saying WTF and correcting mistakes. Martin is good at keeping the straight faced character through every scene.

 

Paddy Considine: Steven returns with the rest of the friends who joins the mission, he sees this as his last chance to tell Sam Oliver’s sister how he feels about her and never gives up in the fight the group find themselves in. Paddy does a good job in this role showing he could handle action comedy and serious all in one role.

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Support Cast: The World’s End has a good supporting cast that really works to add a few laughs as the story unfolds.

 

Director Review: Edgar WrightEdgar brings us another good film where he shows he can do action without going too much into the comedy.

 

Action: The World’s End has plenty of action when it comes to the fights with the aliens.

Comedy: The World’s End seems to let the comedy take the back seat which I prefer because the action works for the film.

Sci-Fi: The World’s End gives us an alien invasion angle which gives us all the sci-fi we need.

Settings: The World’s End continues with the idea of keeping the action in one small location with the small village making the story easy to follow.
Special Effects
: The World’s End has good effects to create the kills given to the aliens.

Suggestion: The World’s End is one to watch where it all comes off good on the serious side of the story when it comes to the action. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Action all comes off great.

Worst Part: Comedy feels stale.

Action Scene Of The Film: Bar fight.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $26 Million

Budget: $28 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

Tagline: One Night. Six Friends. Twelve Pubs. Total Annihilation.

 

Overall: Great conclusion to the unofficially trilogy

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Cornetto Trilogy Christmas Weekend – Hot Fuzz (2007)

hot fuzzDirector: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Robert Popper, Joe Cornish, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey, Jim Broadbent, Paddy Considine

 

Plot: Exceptional London cop Nicholas Angel is involuntarily transferred to a quaint English village and paired with a witless new partner. While on the beat, Nicholas suspects a sinister conspiracy is afoot with the residents.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Basic Action Comedy

 

Story: Hot Fuzz starts when successful police officer Nicholas Angel (Pegg) gets shipped to a small village to work by his superiors. He is sent to stop the making the rest of the force looking bad. Upon reaching the village he instantly gets to work trying to clean up the problems including underage drinking, drink driving and public urination.

Nicholas has to work with slacker officer Danny Butterman (Frost) who dreams of action side of the job. Nicholas discovers the crime rate is high but no one wants to report them and Simon Skinner (Dalton) seems to have a hold everything going on in the town. When a mysterious killer starts picking people off Nicholas has to work Danny to solve the crime.

Hot Fuzz does have the good introduction to an odd couple always good in cop films and especially when it comes to the idea of copying the iconic moment in other films. The story does have a good mystery but the final reveal feels very flat but does build up to the final act that comes off really well. On the negative side I do think the first half is the film is very slow and could easily be a lot shorter. 2 hours long is way too long for an action comedy that doesn’t kick off till final 30 minutes or so.

 

Actor Review

 

Simon Pegg: Nicholas Angel is the big city police officer who gets sent to a small village because he is too good at fighting crime. He must work with a group of officers who have no real idea how to fight crime as a serial killer is picking off the members of the village. Simon gives a good performance and unlike any performance you have seen because he is straight faced throughout.

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Nick Frost: PC Danny Butterman is the slacker officer who has to work with Nicholas on the case which will bring the two together. He is the complete opposite to Nicholas which adds to the comedy. Nick works well with Simon to add the comedy.

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Jim Broadbent: Inspector Frank Butterman is the inspector of the village who lets Nicholas do his own thing while also keeping control of his moves. Jim does a good job but doesn’t really do enough for what his character really is.

 

Timothy Dalton: Simon Skinner is the rich man running the shopping centre in the village, he always tries to become friends with Nicholas, he turns up at all the crime scenes and comes off very smug about everything going on. Timothy really does shine in this film making everything look very realistic for the creepy rich person in town.

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Support Cast: Hot Fuzz has a good supporting cast that is filled with cameos that all work really well and all make them feel individual.

 

Director Review: Edgar WrightEdgar continues to show he has a style of comedy that is popular that can mix with a range of genres here.

 

Action: Hot Fuzz is very slow for action until the final 30 minutes or so.

Comedy: Hot Fuzz has basic laughs for what I enjoy with most being set up to be moments from over films.

Settings: Hot Fuzz having this story in a small town works because we see how it gets effected with what happens in the action.
Special Effects
: Hot Fuzz has good effects for the kills being used throughout the film.

Suggestion: Hot Fuzz is one to try if you like their style of comedy you will enjoy this one. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Action sequences at the end.

Worst Part: Too long.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final 30 minutes.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $23 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: In a town where nothing much goes on, a whole lot is about to go down

 

Overall: Solid action comedy that is very particular in the audience it is trying to attract.

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Cornetto Trilogy Christmas Weekend – Shaun of the Dead (2004)

shaun of deadDirector: Edgar Wright

Writer: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright (Screenplay)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Nicola Cunningham, Bill Nighy, Peter Serafinowicz

 

Plot: A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.


 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Not For Me

 

Story: Shaun of the Dead starts with Shaun (Pegg) whose girlfriend Liz (Ashfield) wants him to become more involved in the relationship but his flatmate Ed (Frost) is holding him back in a happy routine. Shaun works a dead end job and with the news of something happening around the Southern end of England.

When Liz breaks up with Shaun, Ed takes him out on a bender down the Winchester. The next morning zombies have taken over London and Shaun must work with Ed to save his nearest and dearest and take them down the Winchester until it all blows over.

Shaun of the Dead tackles a genre I personally love, the zombie movie with an added level of comedy which I don’t think comes off enough. I feel the jokes are very forced and take away any real feel of peril. On the zombie side of the story things all work well because we have seen it all before where the group look for somewhere to be safe, the additional side I did like was having it be everyday people who come off clueless to the idea of what is happening. I know this is most people’s favourite horror comedy but it just doesn’t work for me.

 

Actor Review

 

Simon Pegg: Shaun is a slacker working a dead end job and involved in a stale relationship with Liz, he lives with his best friend Ed who is holding him back. When he gets dumped he goes on a bender only to wake up in the middle of a zombie apocalypse where he must take charge and save his friends and family. Simon brings his style of comedy here which I am not a fan off but he does do well do make him look like an everyday man.

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Nick Frost: Ed is Shaun’s best friend who just sits around the flat playing video games, he is pretty much just a slob but he is there for Shaun whenever he needs help. He is always causing problem through the escape plan too. Nick does a good job playing the complete idiot through the film.

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Kate Ashfield: Liz is the girlfriend of Shaun who wants him to grow up and gets to the stage where she dumps him, but when the zombie outbreak happens she ends up working with Shaun to survive. Kate does good job in this role coming off as the nagging girlfriend.

 

Lucy Davis: Dianne is the roommate of Liz who ends up joining them on the mission to try and survive. Her skills come in handy when it comes up against the zombies. Lucy does a good job in this role playing the strange member of the group.

 

Support Cast: Shaun of the Dead has your typical supporting cast for a zombie film with basic use that gives each one their moment.

 

Director Review: Edgar WrightEdgar brings his style of film to us where it has become a favourite around the world and I understand why people love it but it’s not one of my favourite.

 

Comedy: Shaun of the Dead has laughs but I just don’t enjoy most of the jokes being used.

Horror: Shaun of the Dead doesn’t enter the world of horror enough with the attempted jokes.

Settings: Shaun of the Dead tries to make everything feel like it the zombie outbreak happened over night. This works for the film making everyone look like every day people.
Special Effects
: Shaun of the Dead uses the special effects to create the zombie kills which all look very good.

Suggestion: Shaun of the Dead is one to try but I would expect most people have seen it already. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Can’t call them Zombies reference through the film.

Worst Part: Fart jokes.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $13.5 Million

Budget: $4 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

Tagline: This September, aim for the head.

 

Overall: Solid Zombie Comedy that doesn’t do it for me.

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